National Garden Bureau announces #YearoftheSunflower video contest for horticulture industry

It is fitting that the 2021 National Garden Bureau’s “Year of” plant is the sunflower, which represents positivity and happiness. To celebrate, the National Garden Bureau and its members are sponsoring a #YearoftheSunflower video contest, designed to inspire creative videos from anyone and everyone in the horticulture industry who loves sunflowers. This year’s video contest is looking for industry experts to give their take on innovative ways to show off sunflowers. From a sea of sunflowers in the field, stunning retail displays, unique container combinations or showcased in the landscape, we want to see how industry members are highlighting this versatile flower.

“Typically, our “Year of” video contests are geared toward home gardeners,” says Diane Blazek, executive director of NGB. “This year we decided to include the horticulture industry. We’ve seen so much creativity and beautiful imagery from breeders, growers, landscape professionals and retailers. We wanted to give them a chance to share their passion for sunflowers.”  

Entry is easy! Three are six different ways to enter, including five social media platforms where all you need to do is use the hashtag #YearoftheSunflower. You can also send your video via email to Submissions should be 30-60 second in length. The videos may be skits, animation, testimonials or other types of videos, as long as they feature and promote sunflowers. Visit for complete details.

The top video finalists chosen by a selection committee of National Garden Bureau members will be eligible for a $250 grand prize and two honorable mentions of $100 each.

Submissions for the video contest run from July 1, 2021, to September 15, 2021. The official winners will be announced on October 10, 2021.  Check out the official rules.

At the conclusion of the contest, all the finalists’ videos will be posted at and on the National Garden Bureau social channels. The videos will be used as a part of the #YearOfTheSunflower campaign, which is designed to share the love of gardening by highlighting popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable and versatile plants. Any breeders and sellers who are interested in sunflowers can share and use these videos. If used, please tag National Garden Bureau and use the hashtag #YearOfTheSunflower. 

For more information: 
National Garden Bureau
Diane Blazek

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